When cold weather hits, remember this valuable – and potentially life-saving – tip.
“Bang on the hood of your car before starting it,” the Calgary Humane Society urges. “Cats will sometimes curl up under the hood for warmth during cold snaps.”
That, after a very lucky black cat surely lost one of its nine lives as the mercury plunged to -40C with windchill across the Prairies.
“Meet Spark, this little kitty hitched a ride all the way from Saskatchewan under the hood of a truck,” the animal shelter posted on Facebook.
The cat arrived in Alberta with frostbitten ears and tail.
But it could have been so much worse.
“She will need surgery and medical care for some frostbite on her ears and tail, but our vets did a thorough exam and expect her to make a full recovery,” the shelter said.
The “energetic” black cat is not yet ready for adoption.
Vets want to keep an eye on her while she heals.